Summer can’t last forever, which usually makes us really sad right about now. But there's one bright side: Summer's end means that fall layers, booties, sweaters, and scarves are just around the corner.
While you’re stuck in that strange limbo of having summer clothes in your closet but coveting fall pieces stocking the store shelves, we’ve picked a few of our favorite fall trends to start trying now, inspired by the lovely Julia of Gal Meets Glam. Mix these with your summer work wardrobe, then enjoy them all autumn long.
1. Dark Florals
Florals have always been a spring and summer staple, but they’re blooming all the way into Fall/Winter 2013, too. But this time, the pretty print is showcased on black instead of the typical warm-weather whites and creams. Wear one of these fall pieces with your feminine summer heels now, and pair with sleek leather boots later.
2. Leather Jackets
Leather is always big for fall, but this year, you’ll see the leather jacket just about everywhere. Throw one on over your favorite maxi or summer shift for the office, and when the weather starts to cool, try one with a girly blouse, slacks, and pointed heels to balance all that toughness.
Fall means back to school, so preppy plaid is definitely a wardrobe staple. While it’s still warm, stock up on lightweight tartan scarves, chic plaid flats, and handbags, and try tucking a flannel blouse into a pencil skirt or sporting a plaid tweed blazer later. (Bonus: Plaid pieces look just as perfect in the office as they do for all those tailgates!)
4. Ankle Boots
Ankle boots, or booties, are absolutely perfect paired with summer’s flowy pants, dresses, and skirts. When it comes time to switch fully to your fall wardrobe, try them with a pair of skinnies and an oversized sweater for a casual workplace, or pair with a pretty blouse and skirt combo for a dressier office.
Molly works in Indianapolis as a fashion blogger for Scarves Dot Net. When she’s not creating looks for less, she loves a healthy dose of retail therapy, getting creative in the kitchen, and spending time with her crazy (yet lovable) family. Follow her on Pinterest and Twitter @mtborter.More from this Author